Mother and Child

Wood has the capacity to breathe life into a sculpture and capture the essence of its form. Humaira Abid utilizes the organic properties of this material to give her art a rich delicacy that contrasts with the material's inherent hardness. In Mother and Child, she carves out a large rosebud form with the luscious quality of a real flower. By casting a smaller, inset rosebud out of bronze, Humaira gives Mother and Child added inner strength.


Mother and Child, 2006 | Carved wood (mahogany) and bronze | 28 x15 x 15 inches

The sculpture symbolically represents the relationship between a mother and her child. Humaira carved two simplified forms of rosebuds and then cast the smaller version of the form in bronze. Placing a large and small form together she created a visual allusion to a mother and child; the “child” is a simplified version of the large rosebud.

One of the two small buds – or children – has nails hammered all over it. This is to represent our inability to give back to our mothers and all that they do for us. In fact, many times kids turn out to be much more difficult than anyone anticipates, taking everything a mother has to give.

 

See also Inner Concerto that was featured in "Exhibiting You" in March, 2009 as a Museum Pick.


To see more of my work please visit my Web site.

Rating

(4) | Add your Comment

Tags:

This is wonderful, i wish i could touch this work of art to have a feel of its strength and tenderness.You are great.




Comments

Israa
United States

Strong and beautiful like roses, giving and protecting like mother.
Wonderful piece of art, thank you for sharing.

Sana
United States

this is breathtaking. simple and powerful.

Melodie Mayne
United Kingdom

Beautiful, i love your work.

Kendall Hogg
Kendall Hogg
United States

Incredible! Both powerful and serene.


Log In



CamoSweaters: A knitted memorial to those who have
died in war.

Ovulation and Pregnancy:
How "fresh" is your fertility?

Ordinary Lives: Life goes on, even when you're surrounded
by rocket holes.

See all of Exhibiting You >>


RSS Story Feed


Take Action

Support I.M.O.W.

Support I.M.O.W.

It is only with your support that the International Museum of Women can succeed in its mission to amplify the voices of women worldwide through award-winning innovative exhibitions, strategic partnerships and local public programming and events.

Contribute today by becoming a member, donating to I.M.O.W or registering for our online community. Become part of the rising global community of women and men impacting the lives of women around the world!